Updated: Dec 24, 2020
I know you might be thinking how can pregnancy be a special need while traveling? Well, if you’ve never traveled pregnant you’d be surprised to learn that especially if you have a high-risk pregnancy there are a few things to consider before going on a trip while pregnant. Join me as I share some insight on things to consider before you go on a trip while pregnant! Babymoons are a fantastic way to get away before a couple welcomes a new baby into the world. I’ll talk about my own pregnancies and experiences while traveling and maybe during this amazing travel experience travel agents should consider going light on the itinerary planning!
Many clients ask me if it's feasible to travel while pregnant.
Travel at any time can present some challenges, but pregnancy presents challenges that can be met with a little extra planning.
This is a special time and you can absolutely have an amazing time with your family or spouse as long as you take some things into consideration before you go!
Right away I know I am not a doctor and highly encourage you to speak with your doctor before you plan to take a trip any time before you travel. I am only speaking from my own experience and I can only comment on how things went for me. I listened to my doctor during both my pregnancies and was given the no go during my first pregnancy and the all-clear for my second. As such, I’m mostly talking about how I traveled when I was pregnant with my second son. Regardless, you may not want to travel the way you used to this is a chance to slow down and see things in the park you may have never seen otherwise.
With my first pregnancy, I was high risk and I had a lot of trouble with my son so my doctors recommended I stay put in case he came early and he did which was a good call on their part. I did travel around my local area but I didn’t stray more than 50 miles from my home. With my second child, I was considered high risk as well but I was in much better shape with him. The two biggest things and this is why you should talk to your doctor is I was getting progesterone shots every week so I could only travel a week at a time after 16 weeks of pregnancy. I’d go in get my shot and then head to the airport and be back in time for my next shot. My doctor also asked around week 34 that I stop traveling because that’s when the shots ended and I could have the baby at any point after that plus more travel suppliers don't like you to travel basically towards the end of your final trimester. During my second pregnancy, I visited Turkey, Japan, and Maui before I couldn’t travel anymore.
All this to say!
Have a plan before you go!
What I mean by that is talk to your doctor before you travel. This way you can decide what is best for you and what your limits are. If you are high risk like I was that might mean no walking around Tokyo for 15,000 steps per day. I say this because in my second trimester it was okay for me to walk that many steps in a day when I went to Tokyo but in my third, it would not have been a good idea. I was tired. I was on the edge of preeclampsia and my balance was thrown way off. We would have had to consider visiting Tokyo on the slowed-down